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  • Review: Cloud Foundry brings power and polish to PaaS

    Cloud Foundry impresses with broad application support, streamlined deployment, and enterprise extras from Pivotal, though initial setup could be simpler

  • Sync, store and share data with Transporter Sync

    The scoop: Transporter Sync, by Connected Data, about $100 (plus cost of external storage drive)

  • Review: Dell WYSE delivers Android-on-a-stick

    Thin clients aren't very exciting, and for a reason: they're designed to allow remote access to servers, usually with a Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware client. The folks at Dell WYSE have spiced up the category by building a thin client on top of Android, and getting it down to a form factor only slightly larger than a USB memory stick.

  • Review: Apple's iWork for iCloud is elegant but limited

    Apple's online productivity suite is exceptionally polished and easy to use, but lacking in word processing and spreadsheet features

  • Review: Office Online is great for Word and Excel, not PowerPoint

    Word Online and Excel Online are surprisingly capable, but PowerPoint Online and Office document compatibility are still half-baked

  • Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

    Bigtable-inspired open source projects take different routes to the highly scalable, highly flexible, distributed, wide column data store

  • Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

  • Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure

    A diverse set of real-world Java benchmarks shows that Google is fastest, Azure is slowest, and Amazon is priciest

  • Cloud services for mobile developers: Google vs. Amazon vs. Azure vs. Parse

    Cloud-based back ends for mobile applications combine key services with varying degrees of complexity

  • Office 365 administration made easy

    Going beyond Office 365's native admin GUI, 365 Command provides powerful Exchange admin capabilities without the need to run PowerShell

  • Ubuntu 13.10 takes aim at Microsoft, Apple, Google

    Ubuntu is moving into the rarified class of operating systems that cover x86/x64 clients and servers, ARM-based tablets/smartphones, and commodity cloud instances. Meaning that it's taking on everybody from Microsoft to Red Hat to Apple and Google.

  • Review: Dueling hybrid cloud wizards

    CloudVelocity and Ravello Systems march clones of in-house servers into the cloud for development, testing, and disaster recovery

  • Review: Box beats Dropbox - and all the rest - for business

    Box trumps Dropbox, Egnyte, Citrix ShareFile, EMC Syncplicity, and OwnCloud with rich mix of file sync, file sharing, user management, deep reporting, and enterprise integration

  • Review: Office 365 administration made easy

    Going beyond Office 365's native admin GUI, 365 Command provides powerful Exchange admin capabilities without the need to run PowerShell

  • Tale of two cloud-based management tools

    Anturis and CloudPassage Halo are complementary products that attack infrastructure monitoring from different directions. Anturis is a cloud-based portal that monitors systems connectivity, systems, MySQL databases and websites. CloudPassage Halo monitors operating systems instances and the comparatively sticky compliance of instance state machines.

  • Benchmarking Amazon EC2: The wacky world of Cloud performance

    Before turning to the world of Cloud computing, let's pause to remember the crazy days of the 1970s when the science of the assembly line wasn't well-understood and consumers discovered that each purchase was something of a gamble.

  • First look: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V shines on

    Preview editions of Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 pick up where the strong initial releases left off

  • TwinStrata delivers data to the cloud

    TwinStrata's CloudArray is a brokerage platform between enterprise networks and cloud storage services providers, and we found in testing that it's pretty clever.

  • Windows To Go: The Forgotten Version of Windows 8

    The ability to carry a Windows 8 image on a USB stick, plug it into any Windows 8 PC and separate corporate and personal data should appeal to anyone who frequently travels or simply hates lugging a laptop around. But Windows to Go isn't catching on. Will Windows 8.1 change that?

  • Review: Puppet Enterprise 3.0 pulls more strings

    Version 3.0 of Puppet Labs' configuration automation tool shines with speed boosts, orchestration improvements, and deeper support for Windows servers

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